Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Kurla Terminus
Indian Railways terminus
New terminal building at LTT
General information
LocationPipeline Road, Kurla, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Coordinates19°04′N 72°53′E / 19.07°N 72.89°E / 19.07; 72.89 (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus)
Elevation7 metres (23 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byCentral Railway zone
ConnectionsBEST Bus interchange buses, taxi stand, prepaid auto service
Structure typeStandard on-ground station
Other information
Station codeLTT
Zone(s) Central Railway zone
Division(s) Mumbai CR
Electrified25 kV 50 Hz AC
Previous namesKurla Terminus
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus is located in Mumbai
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Location within Mumbai
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus is located in Maharashtra
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Maharashtra)
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus is located in India
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (India)

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (also known by its former name Kurla Terminus, station code: LTT) is a railhead and a major railway terminus in the Kurla suburb of Mumbai, India. LTT is managed by the Central Railway. The Kurla and Tilak Nagar suburban railway stations are located nearby. It is one of the five railway terminals within Mumbai, the others being Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar on the Central line, and Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus on the Western line.


In 1996, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) approved a proposal to rename the Kurla Terminus station after Lokmanya Tilak, a popular leader of the Indian independence movement, and forwarded it to the Union Government through the Government of Maharashtra.[2] Then Union Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani approved the proposal in 1999, at the request of Ram Naik, the then Minister of State of Railway.[3] After the decision was announced, Gurudas Kamat, the Lok Sabha member from Mumbai North-East, met L. K. Advani and submitted a memorandum asking that the terminus be renamed after Babasaheb Ambedkar.[4] In the first phase, two platformfaces, with 6000sq m of platform shelter, 3 stabling lines, 2 pit lines loco shed and station building with 2300 sq. m area etc. are to be provided at an estimated cost of Rs. 24.95 crores. Major portion of work in Phase-I is proposed to be completed in 1989, subject to clearance of a High Court case and removal of hutments (encroachments).[5]

In 2003, Central Railway (CR) decided to expand LTT to take on more rail traffic, as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSMT) had reached its saturation point, and was unable to handle any more express trains.[6] In 2006, the Mumbai division of CR cleared the designs for the construction of a swanky station complex to replace the dilapidated terminus complex.[7] The new station complex design was prepared by the architect P. K. Das. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) also agreed to construct a ramp from LTT to the flyover to be built nearby, as part of the Santa Cruz–Chembur Link Road (SCLR).[7] The revamped LTT was inaugurated on 16 April 2013 by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The revamp of the terminus took three years. The new station complex was built on 50,000 sq meter land and has a 3,300 sq meter concourse.

In October 2012, CR announced plans to cease long-distance train services at Dadar Terminus within 5–6 years. The load would be transferred to LTT by upgrading the number of platforms at LTT from 5 to 12. CR plans to introduce connectivity with other modes of transport as well as build a mall, multi-story parking, escalators, restaurants, food courts, better signage and indicators, budget hotels and an aesthetically pleasing exterior and interior. The project will be implemented in public–private partnership (PPP) mode and is expected to cost 50–60 billion. The project will be executed by the Railway Land Development Authority on the 20 acres of land that CR possesses around LTT.[8]


LTT is located in the middle of two suburban railway stations, Tilak Nagar and Kurla, on the Harbour line. It is easily accessible through Tilak Nagar as a direct overhead bridge is made to LTT from Tilak Nagar. A share rickshaw service is available from Kurla to LTT via level crossing. The average opening of the level crossing gate is 20 minutes.


Air-conditioned dormitories were inaugurated at LTT on 16 April 2013 by then Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The dorm at LTT is a 24-bed AC dorm exclusively for women.[9]

Rainwater harvesting

Central Railway (CR) completed the installation of a rainwater harvesting system at LTT in October 2012. The system cost 1 million (US$13,000) and will conserve 700,000 liters of water, which is approximately 40% of the station's daily water requirement. The rainwater harvesting project will help in the percolation of water into the subsoil, which will reduce flooding in the vicinity during the monsoon. The project involved constructing a 2 km trench and filling it with crushed stones.[10]


  1. ^ "Busy Kurla terminus to get bigger", Mumbai Mirror, 18 July 2011, archived from the original on 3 October 2012, retrieved 2 August 2011
  2. ^ "Lokmanya Tilak Terminus". Daily Excelsior. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Advani clears Kurla terminus renaming". The Indian Express. 10 January 1999. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Kamat demands renaming of Kurla station after Dr Ambedkar". The Indian Express. 13 January 1999. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Lokmanya Tilak Terminus" (PDF). Rajya Sabha. p. 96. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  6. ^ "Kurla terminus will be expanded soon". The Times of India. 19 April 2003. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  7. ^ a b Dasgupta, Devraj (26 November 2006). "Makeover for Kurla terminus". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  8. ^ Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to replace Dadar as outstation hub# The Times of India (17 October 2012). Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  9. ^ "Dormitories for women at CST, LTT get good response". The Indian Express. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  10. ^ Central Railway rain plan to wash flooding away at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus The Times of India (22 October 2012). Retrieved 2013-07-16.